Thursday, August 11, 2011

1951 - Stock Car Race Featured Sunday at Wausau Track

Wausau, Wis. (August 10, 1951) – A field of over 25 cars and drivers will begin qualifying for the late model 100-lap stock car marathon, which will climax the 1951 Wisconsin Valley Fair here Sunday afternoon.

Time trials will start at noon, then officials of the International Motor Contest Association will pare the starting field down to the 20 fastest qualifiers and numbers will be assigned to cars according to the way they qualified. An elaborate scoring system has been set up to keep the spectators informed just what lap each car is on.

Herschel Buchanan of Shreveport, La., the 1950 IMCA stock car national champion and winner of 15 one hundred mile races is a top-heavy favorite to capture the long grind in his 1951 Nash coupe.

Grinnell, Iowa’s Eddie Anderson, last year’s Iowa state champion and winner of three 100-mile races will have a heavy backing to win with a 1951 Chrysler. Dudley Froy of Tucson, Arizona is considered the “dark horse” entry with a 1949 Plymouth that carried him to important wins in the Southwest. Bob Dugan will carry the colors of Florida when the Tampa throttle- jockey faces the starter in his fast Plymouth coupe.

Wisconsin will be well represented in the field that will be shooting for a piece of the $2,000 prize money. Heading the home state contingent will be Bill Johnson, well known midget star from Oconomowoc, who won the 50-lap mid-season championship at State Fair Park last week.

Other Wisconsin entrants are Dick Kurth of Wausau, Whitey Trader of Appleton, and Milton Shave of Wausau.

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